Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gradations of Gray

This has always been my belief, and last night I read the below paragraph that sums it up nicely.  Perhaps this is why I have always enjoyed Jodi's books, she writes in gray.

"It's easy to say you will do what's right and shun what's wrong, but when you get close enough to any given situation, you realize that there is no black or white.  There are gradations of gray."

-- Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sleepy Morn

Foggy, humid, damp, cool -- morning.  The hum of the crickets permeates the background, while an occasional bird chirps in the distance.  Quiet, still, silent, motionless.  Nature has slept in this sleepy morn.  The dew, the sand dust in her eyes.

C.C. Franklin

Monday, August 28, 2017

Quote Time - Jodi Picoult "The Storyteller"

One of the many examples of why I love Jodi Picoult, sentences/paragraphs like the below.  Let it marinate for a moment. . . . . .

"That's the point where you have to leave the dough alone.  It's silly to anthropomorphize bread, but I love the fact that it needs to sit quietly, to retreat from touch and noise and drama, in order to evolve.
I have to admit, I often feel that way myself."

Jodi Picoult "The Storyteller"

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review Time - Persuasion by Jane Austen

Okay, I admit it. I started reading this twice. 19th Century English Literature was not my normal type of read, but I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. Initially I struggled to understand the English dialect and was confused in the first few pages by one character's love interest in a cousin. I questioned whether or not I was reading it correctly. However in 19th century Europe, this was indeed considered a suitable match and very much acceptable. My brain, you see, was still in the 21st century and therefore, not fully comprehending something the United States deems quite unacceptable. Then one day I was home sick and I caught the movie Pride and Prejudice, released in 2005. I really enjoyed it. By watching that movie first, I grasped a better feel for the language and time period. So a couple days later with that movie still fresh in my head, I jumped right back in to Persuasion. And guess what? This time I read completely through it, and did enjoy it. A love story interjecting some amusing satire, I can now understand why there are so many fans of Jane Austen's works.